Policy, Research & Politics

European Forum on Music: A successful undertaking for music and politics

The opening keynote speech of the Forum was given by Ivo Josipovic, President of the Republic of Croatia who, following a performance of his piece Samba Brevis by the Chamber Orchestra of Bern, addressed the audience with a presentation that was as informative as it was entertaining.

EMC

Metropolitan Opera cancels The Death of Klinghoffer live transmission

The opera, which premiered in 1991, is about the 1985 hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship and the murder of one of its Jewish passengers, Leon Klinghoffer, at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.

New Music Box

Senegal: un rappeur dénonce le racket policier et risque la prison

« Avez-vous dit tant qu'on n'aura pas enlevé de la police le racket ? », demande le procureur au début de l'audience du rappeur. « Oui, mais cela n'a jamais été mon intention de blesser qui que ce soit ».

RFI

Singing Europe

Singing Europe is a non-commercial, community driven, pilot research programme to produce reliable statistical data on "people singing together". This knowledge will help national and European organisations set up programmes that better address the needs of the singing community and convince policy makers to support it.

Singing Europe

A call for artistic solidarity with L7a9ed

For the third time in three years artist and human rights activist Mouad Belghouat, alias El Haqed (The Indignant) or L7a9ed, got arrested.

News and Noise

Iran: Female Musicians Banned from Stage

Mohammad Qotbi, the head of the Isfahan Culture and Guidance administration and also a member of the clergy, compared music bands to the national football team, saying that just as there are substitutes for players on the football team, music groups should also have substitutes for their females players.

Freemuse

Turkish imam given go ahead to make rock 'n' roll

A Turkish imam has been allowed to rock on after the country's powerful religious authorities gave him the green light to continue playing in his band after a nine-month investigation.

Ahram Online

Engaging the World: Towards Global Cultural Citizenship

Motivated by the fact that "the European Union has no cultural relations strategy", the European Commission mandated in 2011 a consortium of eight cultural organisations, institutes, and a consultancy to propose such a strategy.

Culture in External Relations

Music and Politics: a shared responsibility

Bern, 19-22 June: The widely acclaimed slogan "unity in diversity" is claimed by both the European Union and Switzerland as one of their main characteristics. What does this diversity look like? What are the challenges of it?

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